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Friday 16th November - Tuesday 11th December 2012

Chris Kehoe

Our November 2012 Madagascar tour continued the long tradition of highly successful explorations of the 'eighth continent'. A total of 199 bird species were recorded including all of the Mesites, Asities, Ground Rollers and Couas which offer such a draw to visitors. Those who undertook the extension to the Masoala Peninsular also completed the Madagascar Vanga set with views of the very localized Helmet and Bernier's Vangas. Some often tricky to see species such as Madagascar Yellowbrow and Grey Emutail showed particularly well. Aside from the endemic and near endemic species we enjoyed great views of such delights as Red-tailed Tropicbirds, White-backed Ducks and Terek Sandpipers while a fine White-tailed Tropicbird was an unexpected bonus. Madagascar is almost synonymous with Lemurs of course and during the course of our birding we encountered a total of 22 species including all major groups with particularly memorable views of four Sifaka species plus close encounters with the amazing Indri.